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No Charges Filed in Hinds Courthouse Incident

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — No charges will be filed against a tea party officer and two others representing the challenger in a Senate primary after they became trapped in a courthouse in the middle of the night, hours after officials had gone home from counting votes.

Janis Lane, Scott Brewster and Rob Chambers were locked inside the Hinds County Courthouse more than an hour after entering shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday through an unlocked door.

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department says in a statement that it has concluded no criminal activity took place.

Noel Fritsch, spokesman for candidate Chris McDaniel, said the three went to check on why some precincts hadn’t been counted. Once inside, the door locked behind them and they had to call for help to get out.